Cranberry Crush


Denomination: 'Cranberry Crush'
Botanical Name: Hibiscus
Applicant/Holder: Walters Gardens, Inc.
1992 96th Avenue
P.O. Box 137
Zeeland, Michigan
United States of America
Breeder: Clarence H. Falstad, Walters Gardens, Inc., Holland, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2009-10-23
Application Number: 09-6748
Grant of Rights Date: 2012-01-30
Certificate Number: 4254
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2030-01-30

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Fireball' and 'Sultry Kiss'

Summary: The plants of 'Cranberry Crush' are shorter than the plants of the reference varieties. The upper third of the stem is a lighter purple red colour than the stems of the reference varieties. The upper side of the leaf blade of 'Cranberry Crush' is medium green with tinges of purple while the leaf blade of 'Fireball' is purple and the leaf blade of 'Sultry Kiss' is dark green. The flower of 'Cranberry Crush' is smaller in diameter than the flowers of the reference varieties. The upper and lower side of the petal is dark purple red for 'Cranberry Crush' while it is red for 'Fireball' and red to dark pink red for 'Sultry Kiss'.


PLANT: bushy growth habit, medium to dense branching, upright branch attitude, stems purple red on upper third

LEAF BLADE: upper side medium green with tinges of purple, no variegation, palmate, base rounded to truncate, apex acute, medium lobing, moderate undulation of margin, shallow dentate incisions on margin

FLOWER: single, main colour dark red, medium sized eye zone, eye zone dark purple red (RHS 46A), strong overlapping of petals, mid to late season flowering
PETAL: one colour, upper and lower side dark purple red (RHS N34A), absent or very weak serrations on margin, weak undulation of margin, no fading of colour
STAMINAL COLUMN: main colour pink to red, base colour identical to main colour
STIGMA PAD: medium red.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Cranberry Crush' originated from a cross between two proprietary seedlings, made at Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan, USA, in August 2006. The variety was selected in August 2007 from the progeny of this cross based on criteria for flower colour and length of flowering period.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Cranberry Crush' were conducted at Variety Rights Management in Oxford Station, Ontario during the summer of 2010. 26 plants of the candidate variety, 20 plants of the reference 'Fireball' and 19 plants of the reference 'Sultry Kiss' were grown in 23 cm pots in an outdoor trial. Plants were spaced approximately 60 cm apart. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Cranberry Crush' with reference varieties 'Fireball' and 'Sultry Kiss'

Plant height (cm)

  'Cranberry Crush' 'Fireball' 'Sultry Kiss'
mean 61.57 82.71 93.29
std. deviation 7.83 8.30 14.42

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Cranberry Crush' 'Fireball' 'Sultry Kiss'
mean 13.73 16.26 17.54
std. deviation 0.70 0.70 0.69

Colour of petal (RHS)

  'Cranberry Crush' 'Fireball' 'Sultry Kiss'
upper side N34A 42A 47B/C
lower side N34A 42A 47B/C

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Cranberry Crush
Hibiscus: 'Cranberry Crush' (left) with reference variety 'Sultry Kiss' (right)

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Hibiscus: 'Cranberry Crush' (left) with reference variety 'Fireball' (right)

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